Shopping both DISH and DirecTV? See how DISH beats DirecTV. Only DISH gives you more value, flexibility, and channels.


Use the charts below to quickly compare services and judge for yourself.

DISH TV Package Reg. Price Channels Directv Package Reg. Price Channels
Select $76.00/mo 145+
America’s Top 120 $74.99/mo 190 Entertainment $87.00/mo 150+
America’s Top 120 Plus $84.99/mo 190+ Choice $101.00/mo 150+
America’s Top 200 $94.99/mo 240+ Xtra $110.00/mo 220+
America’s Top 250 $104.99/mo 290+ Ultimate $120.00/mo 240+
America’s Everything Pak $149.99/mp 315+ Premier $173.00/mo 315+
Service DISH Network – Winner Directv
Availability Nationwide Nationwide
Free Standard Professional Installation Yes Yes
5 Year Customer Satisfaction Rating – Call Center #1 #2
5 Year Customer Satisfaction Rating – Website #1 #2
5 Year Customer Satisfaction Rating – Clearest Bill to Understand #1 #2
5 Year Customer Satisfaction Rating – Lowest Customer Complaints #1 #2

Summary: Based on the American Customer Satisfaction Index comparison of major TV providers (2010-2015), DISH has consistently delivered a better customer experience.

EveryDay Detail DISH Network – Winner Directv
Number of Channels 190 185
Price $74.99 $101
ESPN Included Yes Yes
Local Programming Fee $0 $0
Local Sports Fee $0 Not available
HD Programming Cost $0 $0
Contract Term 2 Years 2 Years
Price Protection 2-year Price Guarantee 1 Year

Summary: The 2-Year Price Guarantee from DISH, locks in a price of $54.99 per month for 2 years and does not require an internet contract. To qualify for DIRECTV’s promotional price, customers must also sign up for AT&T internet service.

Technology DISH Network – Winner Directv
DVR Capabilities Hopper 3 – Record 16 shows at once, 4K video ready, faster performance Genie – Record 5 shows at once, 4K video ready, faster performance
Live TV Anywhere Yes (iPhone, iPad, Computer) No
DVR Access Anywhere Yes No
OnDemand Anywhere Yes No
Commercial Skipping Yes No
HD Recording Storage Capacity 2 TB – 500 Hours Internal (USB expandable) 1 TB – 200 Hours Internal (Not expandable)
Apps Netflix, YouTube, Pandora None
Wireless Receivers Available Yes Yes
Bluetooth Audio Yes Yes
Remote Locator Yes No
Easily Record Primetime TV ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox No

Summary: The DISH Hopper 3 is a more powerful DVR than the DIRECTV HD GENIE. It is capable of recording 16 channels of live TV simultaneously, includes more internal storage that can be easily expanded through it’s built in USB ports. Watch Anywhere features for DIRECTV requires the $145 Nomad.

The Final Verdict, Our Choice is DISH


Our pick is DISH Network satellite TV service. DISH has the most features for Sports, Movies, and significantly better DVR technology. DISH is the clear winner with technology including the DISH Hopper 3. The Hopper 3 has twice the capacity of DIRECTV’s genie and it’s expandable. In addition, DISH customers have access to twice as many On Demand titles and Premium Channels are included for free for the first three months for new subscribers. Additional features such as integrated Bluetooth, automatic commercial skipping and a clever remote control locator, add up to DISH’s decided advantage over DirecTV. No other satellite TV provider is able to offer the same features.


While DIRECTV offers a comparable number of channels to DISH, they come at a much higher price. Some sports fans prefer DIRECTV’s exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket. If you value football coverage and are willing to pay an absolute premium, then DIRECTV is a good fit. DIRECTV has generally comparable features to DISH, but they are quickly losing ground. They offer more packages, but many services require upgrades to their most expensive plans. For example, if you wish to add local sports to a DIRECTV package, you will pay an additional fee and your plan will be forced to upgrade to the much more expensive Premier package.

Although DirecTV is known for their customer service, DISH is actually the only provider with 24/7 customer assistance. With superior customer service, commercial skipping Hopper® 3 DVR, more included features and the most affordable plans Dish is the best Satellite TV Provider available in 2016.